Obituary: Maisie Cumberland

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Maisie Cumberland

THE funeral of Maisie Cumberland, of Redland Road, Oakham, took place at Marholm Crematorium.

A thanksgiving service followed at All Saints’ Church, Oakham, the Rev Lee Francis-Dehqani officiated assisted by the Rev Brian 

Mrs Cumberland died at Peterborough City Hospital, aged 96.

Born in Nottingham, Maisie worked at Boots until she married Bill Cumberland in 1943. In the following year their only child Della was born.

After a period living in Leamington Spa they moved to Oakham in 1974, to be closer to family, when Bill retired from work on health grounds. Unfortunately, Bill died shortly after arriving in Oakham.

Throughout her life Maisie was well-known and loved for her keen wit and love of telling stories about the ‘early days.’ After Bill’s death Maisie started sequence dancing and was to be seen at various venues, including Victoria Hall, Ranksborough Hall, British Legion and Somerby. Dancing became a big part of her life for a number of years, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She also joined Probus Ladies Luncheon Club and enjoyed the company and discussions that took place.

In 1998 Maisie fell and broke her hip. She became more and more nervous and as the years passed found it more difficult to walk. In the last year or so she only went out in a wheelchair.

Maisie was always cheerful and whenever people came she would ‘hold court’ with her stories and especially liked to tell people about her grandchildren, Tamsin and Robyn and great grandchildren, Thomas, Chloe and Hannah. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren who were always keen to see her, loved to hear her stories and chat to her about anything and everything.

She will be remembered fondly for her outgoing personality, as she was a character in her own right - a one off.

Family mourners included: Della Dewis (daughter), Alf Dewis (son-in-law), Tamsin and Stephen Naylor, Robyn and Stephen Dewis, Thomas Berridge, Chloe Berridge, Hannah Dewis.

Sympathisers included: Gillian Bignall (Staw family), Cynthia and Don, Ena Dobson, Jack Pearce (Enid Skillington, Margaret and Peter West), Ruth Harrison (John and family), June and Michael Snowdon, Sonia Sutton (Ladies Probus Club), Jean Dixon (Rutland Ladies Luncheon Club), Jill Welsh, Angela and Geoff Betts, Trevor and Pamela Barnett (Rene and Geoff Lee), Jenny Smith, Marie Brown, Pauline Adams, Christine Rawlings, Lesley Berridge (Brian Berridge, Pearl Ainscough), Cath Humphrey (Rod Humphrey), George and Dot, Iris Freeman, Aline Egan, June and Tony Hopewell, Liz Naylor (Brian Naylor, Lynn and Andy Hall), Emma Naylor (Katie Naylor), Kate and Gerry Wilmot, Pat Barker (Mears), Linda Hutchins, Mary Taylor, Mirren Grinney (Myra Smith), Lesley and Graham Bland, John Green, Jenny Wain (Gerry and family), Hazel Coonie, Lyn Austen (Elsie Creed and Durno family), Liz Nichols (family), Peggy Moody (William Moody), Olive Smith, Clive (Bill) Rymond (Ann, Pat, Charlotte, Steve and girls), Nessie and Graham, Jemma, Matt and Imogen, Tim, Swinal and Anish.